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Outgoing Quesnel School District trustee hoping to inspire incoming candidates

Gloria Jackson confirmed she would not be running in the October election
School District 28 (Quesnel) administration office is located at 401 North Star Road in Quesnel. (File photo)

A Quesnel school board trustee wants School District 28 to explore how it can drum up potential candidates in the upcoming fall election.

Gloria Jackson confirmed at a regular board meeting Wednesday, April 13 she will not be seeking re-election.

“I think it’s hard to get candidates to run for school trustee, and I would like to see us do some recruiting of potential candidates and I say that because the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) puts together some really good resources,” she said.

The general school election will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, alongside municipal elections.

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Trustees approved the appointment of secretary-treasurer Jennifer Woollends as the chief election officer. In addition, administrative assistant to the superintendent of schools, Tracy Ruether, was appointed the deputy chief election officer.

Jackson believes timing is key in any recruitment efforts.

“It wouldn’t be a lot of work because we could just use their [BCSTA] resources,” she said.

“But putting that out on Facebook and our district website, I think, is timely, and maybe that strikes some interest for potential candidates for the future.”

Trustees agreed to discuss Jackson’s recommendation further at their next regular board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 18.

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